Prayer for Healing

2 Kings 20:2-3

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

If you listen to the majority of prayers offered at church, they involve sickness and the need for healing.  This isn’t right or wrong; it’s just reality that people most often turn to God when they are sick.

Hezekiah was told to get his house in order because he was about to die.  He pleaded to the Lord in prayer and God granted him another 15 years of life.

While Hezekiah was granted a longer life, not all was good.  Soon after he boasted about all of the riches that he had acquired and God ended up punishing him and his descendants.

There is nothing wrong with praying for healing but we need to acknowledge that none of us will live forever.  In Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote that there is a time and season for everything – a time to live and a time to die.

God answers prayers for healing and He extends life.  Sometimes this isn’t what is best however.  When we pray, we need to be careful to let God be God and let Him decide what is best.  There may be more mercy found in dying than in extending the life of a person who is suffering.  This choice isn’t one for us to make however.  Our lives are in God’s hands and we should always ask that His will be done.

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